Communic18 the Year of Young People

Young Scot, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Children in Scotland are looking for young people across Scotland to be part of a group who will be making key decisions about Scotland’s Year of Young People (YoYP) 2018.

The group, called Communic18, will be co-design champions for the whole of the Year of Young People and be involved in making key decisions about the celebratory year.

The Year of Young People 2018 aims to celebrate Scotland’s young people, creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. It will feature a programme of high-profile events and projects taking place across the country.

The Communic18 role will include taking part in funding panels, supporting activity in local authority areas, supervising the year’s six themes and helping to spread the word about the Year of Young People and how to support it, amongst local communities.

The role will last until March 2019, and it is open to applicants aged 8-26. They don’t need to have any formal qualifications or experience and full training will be provided by Young Scot.

Applications close on the 3rd March 2017. Young people are being directed apply via http://young.scot/communic18

Young Scot is working with Children and Scotland and Scottish Youth Parliament to deliver Communic18. Children in Scotland is supporting the recruitment for the younger cohort and providing support for young people with additional support needs. Scottish Youth Parliament will ensure the project ambitions are realised in relation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said: “Co-design is at the heart and soul of the Year of Young People 2018. Communic18 has a huge role to play in making sure the Year of Young People 2018 will be an amazing celebration of Scotland’s young people designed by young people themselves.”

Jackie Brock, Chief Executive of Children in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be involved in bringing together the Communicat18 group. The 8-26 age range is an important element of the Year of Young People and we are particularly pleased that younger children are able to contribute – we believe the co-design experience will be a fantastic opportunity to involve them, hear their voices, and celebrate their achievements.”

Terri Smith MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said: “The Year of Young People is unique in many ways, not only will Scotland celebrate its young people but we will be showing the entire world how much Scotland values the contribution of young people within our society. Being a Communic18 co-design champion will not only be exciting, it will allow young people to be at the forefront of ensuring the year of young people is designed for young people by young people and ultimately is a resounding success.”